We’ve been terribly busy here at The Havens.
This was taken a few weeks ago.
This is the stroll garden now.
Doesn’t the new mulch on the paths look great?
We were galvanized into action by the fact that a wedding has been planned to occur here at the end of May. I know I mentioned this in passing before, but I wasn’t sure if the participants were wanting it discussed. However, I am not prepared to be secretive any longer. They would be our son and the young person (and I emphasize the young) he has been with.
We thought one of our friends, who is an ordained Universal Life Minister, would be happy to officiate at the wedding. But when I called him to ask, he very reasonably told me he doesn’t do weddings any more because people just kept breaking up. And he doesn’t really believe in the institution of marriage any more. Funny, even though I am happily engaged in one, and I enjoy the legal protections it brings, I don’t really either.
The change to the stroll garden paths has been talked about and planned since the end of last summer when we killed the grass on the paths. Now all the new weed seedlings have been burned off with the weed torch, landscape fabric spread and tacked down, and 5 1/2 cubic yards of cedar mulch spread. The mulch will mean we no longer have to mow and weed eat those paths, which turned out to be MUCH more difficult than I envisioned when I initially planned the garden with grass paths. Also, the grass paths were simply a vector for weeds to the garden, and we have plenty of weed seeds being distributed by the birds and wind, we don’t need another source.
The reason I call this post Christmas in April is because for Christmas last year The Son gave us a gift card from the local emporium which was selling mulch in bulk in order to help us out with the costs of the project. It was a huge help, it wound up basically being a matching funds grant. We aren’t broke, but gosh, we don’t make that much money and everything just keeps getting more and more expensive, so it was nice to have to only pay for half the costs.
There will be more Christmas in April at the end of the month when I go to Kansas City for the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s native plant sale and my niece treats me to $100 worth of plants for the new project out front.
The place seems to be decorating for the holidays too. The wisteria is in full beautiful bloom
Out in the Rose Garden, the miniature daffodils and the species tulips are combining with the ajuga to celebrate the primary colors.
Too bad those early spring flowers will be gone soon. But not to worry. The iris and poppies are already blooming, so the season proceeds on apace.
The hen and chicks are propagating. Nothing very surprising about this, except that it is useful when viewing the next two shots to realize that the gravel in this bed is about 1 cm in diameter. Then, all of a sudden the little chicks that the tiny hens are producing seem nothing short of miraculous.
For some reason, I just couldn’t sleep last night. That makes no sense at all since I spent most of the afternoon pruninging the yew and removing english ivy from the planter by the carport, and basically wore myself out and then did three massages. Maybe it was because I was sore, but sleep eluded me until finally about 2:30 a.m. I dozed off. Of course the alarm went off at 4:30 to awaken us for the beginning of the day, and I got up and made coffee and got Jim’s lunch together, then did my crossword and now it will soon be time for my first client to arrive.
Oh, I am tired. Bone weary. Perhaps that accounts for my feelings of discouragement and foreboding.